Dec 9, 2013 12:00pm PST
. the first official tribute to nelson mandela happened on tuesday. president and michelle obama boarded air force one this morning on the way to attend the service. former presidents bush, clinton, and carter will be there as well, under tight security. outside mandela's former home, crowds are pouring out their love. massive billboards are filling up with messages of gratitude for mandela, like this one in france. down here, emma says thank you for all you've done to change south africa and the rest of the world. american photographer, darrell todd wanted to capture the mood here. >> their smiling, they're dancing together, they're singing. honestly, i've only seen that in concerts at home. i've never seen it in the streets. >> reporter: likely nearly 100 reds of royalty will capture the attention. today, tourists and townships alike are having their say. johannesburg, south africa. >>> many other memorial services will be held across south africa, so that all citizens have an opportunity to pay their respects. mandela will be buried after a state funeral next saturday. >>> time magazine h
Dec 6, 2013 12:00pm PST
. [ inaudible ] >> reporter: at the vatican pope francis applauded mandela for promoting human dignity and forging a new south africa. and at the white house, president obama spoke about the man who inspired his first steps into politics. >> like so many around the globe, i cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that nelson mandela set. >> reporter: the president said he will continue to live by mandela's example. he will join other world leaders in south africa on the state funeral sunday december 15. south africa has entered into 10 days of mourning. his body will be laid to rest at his ancestral home. live in washington, i'm tara mergener, back to you. >> and tara, we understand the funeral preparations are a huge undertaking. what can you tell us? >> reporter: in fact, these funeral preparations, michelle, have been compared to a world cup inauguration, a coronation, all together at the same time. so a very big deal. now, coming up, we have a national day of prayer and reflection. that comes up first on sunday. there's going to be memorial in johannesburg on tuesday.